Fiddler on the Roof to be presented by Potomac State

By Liz Beavers lbeavers@newstribune.info  Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - The Theater Department at Potomac State College of West Virginia University is going for the classics this year, as they present “Fiddler on the Roof” as their major musical for 2016.

The 1964 musical spent 10 years as the longest-running Broadway musical, and is now the 16th longest-running Broadway show in history.Fiddler on the Roof

It tells the story of Tevye, a poor milkman, his wife and five daughters living in turn-of-the-century Russia. Tevya faces turmoil as he attempts to stay true to his Jewish traditions while outside influences encroach on his family’s lives.

Not only must he cope with his strong-willed daughters’ desire to marry for love, but he is also faced with eviction from their village at the hand of the Russian Tzar.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is best known for the musical numbers “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” among others.

The show is being produced by Brian Plitnik of Potomac State’s Music Department, and Keyser native and Cumberland resident Chris McCabe and Kimberly Rowley, also of Cumberland, are directing.

The cast features a variety of area community theater favorites, as well as some newcomers.
Kevin Shreve of Keyser will portray Revye and Karen McCabe is Golde, his wife.

The remainder of the cast are: Morgan Witmer, Tzeitel; Lisa-Anna Maust, Hodel; Skyler Spanburgh, Chava; Karlee Witherite, Shprintze; Kimberli Rowley, Yente; Jesse Wilson, Motel; Justice Courrier, Perchik; John McConnell, Lazar Wolf; Tommy Nester, Mordcha; Ron Growden, Rabbi; Cody Sheldon, Mendel; Tom Vogtman, Avram; Jared Hallow, Nachum; Laurie Bender, Grandma Tzeitel; Danise Whitlock, Fruma-Sarah; Fred Robertson, Constable; Curtis Westfall, Fyedka; and Jaiden Courrier, the fiddler.

Show dates for “Fiddler on the Roof” are Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 and 18-19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 13 and 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church-McKee Arts Center.

Tickets are $12 for students and $18 for adults (general admission); $14 for students and $20 for adults (reserved seating); and $20 for students and $25 for adults (VIP priority seating and backstage tour).  Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. 

Ticket reservations can be made by calling 304-788-6855.  General admission tickets can be purchased at the door or at the following locations:  Keyser- BB&T Bank, Chessie Federal Credit Union, First United Bank, Grant County Bank;  Romney-Anderson’s Corner, South Branch Inn;  Frostburg-Main Street Books;  Cumberland-The Book Center, Victorian Creations; and  Moorefield-South Branch Inn.